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  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

Hi All,

I'm leading tonight and have a few variants of the usual ride up my sleeve if required. Should be a warm and dry evening (odd T-storm unlikely) so take plenty of fluids, y'all.

Pub is the Over Community Centre - this has plenty of space and beer is better than usual price. For those who are planning cycling in to Cambridge for the start (Pete T??), I'm leaving my house (postcode CB24 5LX, 2 Hemington Close) at about 18:30. The ride in is about 11 miles.

No doubt, Pat will be joining us a bit later, pickled in his own brine.


Re: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

Hi Tom,

I'm afraid I cannot do the ride this year - am shovelling gravel (only two more 0.5 cubic metre bags to empty...) and even if I get half of one bag done, I'll be far too knackered to ride a bike.

Hope there is a decent turnout - at least there is no game of national importance tonight, as far as I know.

Re: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

I feel your pain Pete T. I had to shovel six 0.5 m3 bags of aggregate to use as foundations for the extension at Fenduro HQ. I ordered mine from Madingley Mulch as I quite like the green bags. In the end I over ordered by 1.5 m3 so have been shawshanking a load to various places and am saving some for a future project.

Re: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

Hi FC, thanks for your sympathy - I was lucky to get a lad in to help this evening, and we got it done by 21:00. Any way, yes we got the gravel from Madingly Mulch, delivered free, and so much cheaper than those internet sharks. I too like the green bags!